I’ve decided to leave Mohun Bagan but I’m not retiring from football – Jose Barreto

The Brazilian has decided to part ways with the Mariners after having featured for the club in close to 200 matches in the I-League

When Mohun Bagan faces Pune FC this Sunday in their final I-League game of the campaign, it will be the last glimpse for fans to catch him in action in the famous Green and Maroon jersey.

Barreto joined the club back in 1999 and except for two seasons with Penang FA of Malaysia in the 2004-05 season and Mahindra United in 2005-06, the 35 year old has remained loyal to the Bagan shirt.

“I believe this is not the end of the marriage (between me and Mohun Bagan). God willing, I can return to the club, may be at a different time and with a different job.”

 “I’ve decided to leave Mohun Bagan, but I’m not retiring from football. It’s a very emotional occasion for which I was not prepared. But just as every good thing must come to an end, I have also realised that my time at Mohun Bagan has reached that point,” said Barreto.

“I’m a very emotional person. There were a lot of factors which made me take this decision. There is no denying the fact that I have suffered from injuries during the last year and the team have missed my service in important games. So, I thought this would be the right time to leave,” he added.

Barreto recollected some of the memorable moments which he spent at Bagan and shared with the media at the conference.

“I remember each and every day I spent here. I remember my first match, my first win, my first goal and my first season here.”

“I came here from Brazil with the idea of playing for one season, but my first year in Mohun Bagan changed everything. I fell in love with the club, this city and the fans. My family also settled there and I could not return (elsewhere),” he signed off.

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